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Gov't issues appeal! Wants to lease hotels as isolation facilities for returning residents

Gov't issues appeal! Wants to lease hotels as isolation facilities for returning residents

Health Minister Carvin Malone has issued a call for local hoteliers to consider leasing their properties to government who is hoping to create state quarantine facilities for returning residents.
Malone said the facilities would be used to isolate travellers for 14 days before they are reintroduced into the general population.

Addressing the public via a live broadcast on April 15, he explained that this 14-day isolation period would be among the critical elements of the territory’s preparedness protocols when the borders re-open.

“The cry is out for the hospitality industry to look in terms of having your facility under contract, of course, so that we can have up to 150 rooms available, if not more,” the minister said.

Malone said one hotelier has already been contracted to house persons in quarantine.

He also indicated that discussions are ongoing with others.

“We urgently need the support and cooperation of the hospitality industry in order to make any border re-opening plan a success,” he petitioned.

In the meantime, the minister announced that there will also be ‘enhanced’ health screening arrangements at local ports.

The ports will remain closed until June 2 and only one port of entry – the Terrance B Lettsome International Airport – will be utilized for citizens and residents.
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